Taken from http://www.23nlpeople.com/blog/2012/11/fake-qualifications-phds-and-hypnotherapy.htm
On my Brass Bollocks training where I open the doors to the business
end of my work and show exactly how and what I did and do now to run a
successful business I repeatedly expound a simple principle:
"Humility will save you from humiliation."
It shouldn't be a difficult concept but in the world of personal
development where everyone is chasing a high status in the industry, it
is a very rare thing indeed.
I believe that I can accurately predict how quick a new practitioner
will fail and return to their day job. The quickest failure will follow
a single use of a single word. "Us"
On the practitioner's contact page they write, "Contact Us" instead
of "Contact Me" - this is true as a predictor of failure where there is a
solo practitioner, rather than a group or two practitioners on the
Why do they write "Contact Us"? Well, because he or she is trying to appear more than they actually are.
Their very first point of contact with their customer is built on a
simple little deception, a lie. Not exactly the best start, don't you
And the reason their business will fail? Because they are deceiving
themselves as to the true nature of their business and they will
continue to build on this lie as they ever inflate their ego and bolster
a false identity.
A fairly common extension of this lie is the use of false and fake
qualifications and certifications. The fake PHD is just one example.
Another tragically common example is the endless creation of self
serving "Regulation Boards" "Associations", "Societies", Institutes" and
so forth all in an attempt to affording status and prestige, when in
fact they are just merely a brief invention to "endorse" their own
practice and courses.
What this does is contaminate the marketplace so much that the public
no longer know what is a genuine society (i.e. it actually has members,
a charter, etc) and what is just a webpage on the 'net purporting to be
such. Actually, I think so many hypnotherapists are utterly ignorant
and in their quest for status don't ever bother checking these things
out themselves. They just send off a cheque, receive a certificate and
that is that - they are a member, have a logo and so on, and so they
perpetuate the lie and the falsehood.
I managed to terminate the totally fake and illegal "British Board of
NLP" operation 2 years ago by threatening to bring a criminal action
against its "chairman" unless he removed all traces of the website and
notified his "members" of such. Yet, if you google it today, you will
still find people claiming to be members of "The British Board of NLP",
displaying a logo and claiming status as a result. It worries me when
supposed experts in mental health display such crass stupidity. And I do
think this is stupidity rather than a deliberate fraud.
And here's the funny thing - they display these logos, memberships and false qualifications so that we...err...trust them.
It's worth mentioning here that a few years ago the original
"chairman" of the "British Board of NLP" sent me a legal letter
threatening me with litigation for libel unless I immediately ceased my
public statements about their shenanigans. I couldn't help but wonder
how interesting it would be to see them actually try to prove in court
that the 'British Board of NLP' actually existed. It didn't and never
did, so it was impossible for me to libel it. I never heard anything
further from them until "it" (actually, this was just the domain name
for the website and company name, which wasn't actually "The British
Board of NLP") changed hands and the nonsense started up all over again.
I've recently challenged people about the use of fake PHDs on a
hypnosis forum and interestingly received a collective outrage from
forum members suggesting that to do so was somehow unsporting and that I
was. Needless to say the usual threats of litigation followed and
expressions of outrage followed.
You can read the reactions here: http://www.hypnothoughts.com/forum/topics/doctor-or-phd-in-hypnotherapy-how-valid
A recent anonymous blog (http://fakedoctorate.blogspot.co.uk)
has taken to "outing" the hypnotherapists who claim to have PhDs when
they allegedly don't have any such thing. Whilst I cannot claim to know
the validity of the claims that are made on this blog, I thoroughly
applaud the sentiment.
The hypnotherapy community appear outraged because apparently such a
blog is unprofessional and brings the profession into disrepute. Well, I
have news for them - so is lying about one's qualification in order to
con clients out of their money.
My inbox is starting to receive emails from outraged individuals who
think I am the one posting the Fake PhD blog and telling me to cease and
desist. I'm not anything to do with the blog of course, I first saw
this blog when a link to it was posted on the Hypnothoughts forum.
Here's the link to the BBC program about such nonsense that was aired
in 2009 to which I was a main contributor behind the scenes and make a
fleeting appearance. https://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=176394112754
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